Impact of the Lily Garden
More than 30 years ago, a group of volunteers started child care for children with and without disabilities at Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley in Villa Park. Today, the Lily Garden Child Care Center is still the only inclusive child care in DuPage County.

This one-of-a-kind daycare is where children of all abilities learn and grow together. We provide child care to families with nowhere else to turn, and we’ve shaped the future for their children. Every day we see children with and without disabilities making friendships they wouldn’t have found anywhere else. We foster curiosity, creativity and care in each child – qualities that stick with them long after they’ve left our classrooms.

Choosing the right daycare is one of the most important decisions parents make. For well over 1,000 families, the Lily Garden has been an easy choice. We are the only place with teachers who are specially trained to support children with disabilities. And we are the only place where typically developing children learn to embrace and adapt to the differences that make each person special. 

Click here to read more about the influence the Lily Garden has had on Hunter, Lauren and Owen.
Honored Recipient of the Bears100 Community All-Pros Initiative
We are thrilled to announce that Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley has been selected by the  Chicago Bears  as one of the ten recipients of the Bears100 Community All-Pros initiative!

This $100,000 grant from the Chicago Bears allows us to create a new inclusive and accessible playground at our Villa Park location to continue our premier therapy and daycare environment. We will also be recognized at the Bears preseason home game on August 29. Save the date and more details to come!
DuPage Foundation Spring Grant

We are thankful to be selected as one of the 38 DuPage County not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant at the DuPage Foundation’s Spring Grant Open House!

We received a grant for our Parent Liaison program, which provides information, education and support that addresses the concerns that parents of children with disabilities might experience.
Perfect 10K Giveaway: Grand Prize Drawing is Weeks Away!
Each raffle ticket purchase helps children with developmental delays and disabilities develop the skills they need to live, learn, work and play and their communities. The earlier you buy, the more chances you have to win! Purchase tod a y and join us on Saturday, August 17, for the grand prize drawing (need not be present to wi n ) ! The free Big Rigs and Kids event in downtown Villa Park will feature different vehicles from the Villa Park Fire and Police Departments including the Mobile Command Center, plus tow trucks, dump trucks, mowers and smaller equipment. Enjoy multi-sensory fun in a comfortable environment for all children to play and learn together.

Then witness the grand prize ball drop from a helicopter! The ball closest to the target will win $10,000! Please help us reach our goal!
September 8

Choose your distance and hop on your bike to support Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley!

All ages and abilities are encouraged to participate. There is no charge for Easterseals clients and our family ride is $15.

Early bird pricing is available until August 1.
September 21

Easterseals DuPage & Fox Valley's Associate Board of young professionals will host their 4th Annual Signature Event: Uncorked.

Join us at the  Flower Firm , a unique floral design warehouse in Chicago's West Town neighborhood, while tasting through a creative menu and drinks.

October 19

Join us at the Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort as we celebrate children of all abilities strutting down the runway and sharing their latest achievements.

If your child is interested in being on the runway, you can register by contacting Jen Price for more information.

Planning A Sensory Friendly Vacation
Traveling can be overwhelming for children with sensory disorders. Occupational Therapist, Kelly Nesbitt, MOT, OTR/L, wrote a two-part blog series with tips to support children's needs during long days of activity, interactions with lots of people and unexpected changes in plans.